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Traveling in Our Fabulous World - Palm Springs, California
October 28, 2006


Click For Full Size Palm Springs is about 120 miles East of Los Angeles. From the midwest or the east you can either fly directly into Palm Springs or fly into Ontario, California, which is less expensive and is only about 50 miles west of Palm Springs. Since you will need a car anyway, it will save you money to fly to Ontario.

The weather in Palm Springs is beautiful all year around—although if you don’t like weather over 100 degrees, it’s best not to go in July and August. But because we love the dry heat, we love going there in the summer. But everybody finds December thru April very pleasant there.

Of the dozens of gay resorts in the area, our very favorite is the Terrazzo Resort (www.terrazzo-ps.com; toll-free phone: 1.866.837.7996) just southeast of downtown at 1600 East Palm Canyon Drive. Owners and hosts Tom Halley and Doug Sems are the best of the best when it comes to knowing how to satisfy their guests. The Terrazzo has 12 guest rooms surrounding a heated swimming pool, (clothing optional of course), Jacuzzi, on-site gym, and tropical gardens. The resort has both suites and rooms with the finest linens, direct dial phones, large TV, DVD, VCR CD player, individual climate control, high speed Internet access, premium Judith Jackson bath amenities, and wonderful soft waffle piquet robes. All rooms also come with a microwave, refrigerator, wet bar, hair dryer, iron, and ironing board. Don’t have your lap top with you? Don’t worry, you can check your emails in the guest services room. Complimentary breakfast is served each morning outside at the pool. A complimentary gourmet lunch is served daily poolside. Complimentary beverages and snacks are available throughout the day.

In addition to the resort Tom and Doug also have, for rental by the month, a condo apartment a few blocks away. Guests renting that can take full advantage of all the resort amenities. This fabulous place is the only gay resort in Palm Springs that we recommend. As we travel around the country we have noticed that many owners hire managers. That in itself can be a major problem. Tom and Doug are the owners and managers; they control everything themselves to insure that each guest gets full attention. And full attention to every detail is what you get at the Terrazzo. Tom and Doug have received many awards and citations for the high quality of their service and accommodations. They love what they are doing, and it shows!

For our lesbian friends, we highly recommend Casitas Laquita, owned by Denise Roberson and Joanna Funaro. This women’s resort is wonderful. Doreen, the manager when the owners are out of town, is exceptional! She is a real dear! For more information about Casitas Laquitas, check out the website at:www.casitaslaquita.com, or call toll–free: 1-877-203-3410.

Downtown Palm Springs, just a few short blocks from the Terrazzo, is filled with major shopping, museums, art galleries, restaurants, bars, and even an Indian casino. The dozen or so gay bars in Palm Springs run the gamut: leather, piano, disco, just about any type of bar you might be looking for. For a major leather bar, check out The Barracks at 67-625 E. Palm Canyon Drive (www.thebarracksbarps.com) There is something exciting going on there every night! The Street Bar at 224 E. Arenas Road is another that’s always packed. They showcase local artists on a regular basis. When we were there last month, they were showin the works of artist Joe Sendra. Most of his fabulous works sold out very quickly. Delilah’s, the major lesbian bar in town, is located at 67-555 East Palm Canyon Drive. And on Friday for happy hour, don’t forget to stop at Wangs, 424 South Indian Canyon. The drinks are cheap and there are hundreds of drinkers! The one great thing about staying in a major gay city is that the bars are always busy—and we do mean always! So even if you’re kinda shy, you won’t have any problems meeting someone in Palm Springs.

A must-see is the fabulous Palm Springs Follies downtown at 128 S. Palm Canyon Drive. This is a Las Vegas- type show with singing, dancing, and plenty of laughter. All the performers are over 55, and they are great! There are numerous performing arts centers around the city as well, and plenty of concerts to go to.

There are dozens and dozens of restaurants in Palm Springs. After many years of going there, our very favorites are Melvyn’s Restaurant in the Ingleside Inn just a couple blocks west of downtown at 200 W. Ramon. It’s just like stepping back to Old Hollywood. The food, the service, and the atmosphere are perfect! LeVallauris at 385 West Tahquitz Canyon Way is like entering a (wealthy) friend’s home in the South of France to dine in their patio area. It is simply to die for. Last time we were in Palm Springs, our dear friend Shirley Coles had a Sunday brunch party for us and it was absolutely marvelous! The service, the atmosphere, the food are tremendous. Another favorite of ours is Davey’s Hideaway at 292 E. Palm Canyon Drive. Always great service and wonderful food in a very relaxed setting.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the largest vertical cable in the country and the view from the top is magnificent. Take your lunch with you and dine right in the mountains. Other options for Palm Springs are hiking, tennis, or sightseeing in the Joshua National Park, the Living Desert, or the local Indian grounds. But of course the main reason to go to Palm Springs is for the people! We have made dozens and dozens of friends there. We want to extend a special thanks to our dear friends Stefan Hemming, owner of the Liberace Estate, and Millie Bollin.

For local news and happenings be sure and pick up a copy of Talk magazine or read it on line before you go to Palm Springs at: www.talkpublications.com. The editor, Michael Gallardo, is a former Mr. Missouri who lived in the Kansas City area. Ron Odin, the mayor of Palm Springs is openly gay—and congratulations to our friend John Pivinski, the new CEO of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce. He and his life partner, Chris Rappoff moved to Palm Springs from Chicago where they owned the Ardmore House B and B.

Check out www.palmspringsgay.com before making your travel plans. For more information about traveling, email Donald and Ray at gaytravelers@aol.com or visit their webpage at: http://www.hometown.aol.com/gaytravelers.

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